The controversy continues over damages for excessively lengthy proceedings at the European Union ("EU") General Court. In March 2017, both the EU and Gascogne initiated appeals before the EU's highest court in challenge of the General Court's first-ever damage award in Gascogne for delayed proceedings within its own chambers. This
Een arrest van het Hof van Justitie EU van 8 februari 2017 geeft een genuanceerde kijk op misleidende en vergelijkende reclame (Dehaese & Dehaese)
Het Hof van Justitie EU geeft in dit arrest nadere invulling aan misleidende en vergelijkende reclame. In een reclamecampagne adverteerde Carrefour met een 'Laagsteprijsgarantie'. Carrefour vergeleek 500 producten met die van andere aanbieders en haar prijzen zouden de laagste zijn. Concurrent Intermarché stelde dat dit in werkelijkheid wat genuanceerder was.
In October 2016, we reported on Advocate General Sharpston's Opinion in case C 219/15 Elisabeth Schmitt v TÜV Rheinland LGS products GmbH concerning the obligations and liabilities of Notified Bodies under the Directive 93/42/EEC (the "Medical Devices Directive"). The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") has now handed
Based on its European "Combit" trade mark, Combit Software launched an action for infringement against a company regarding the use of the "Commit" sign to designate similar goods and services, and petitioned the German court seized to issue a ban on the use of the sign in dispute throughout the
Het Hof van Justitie EU oordeelt dat Italië niet in strijd met het EU-recht handelt door btw-schulden na afloop van een faillissementsprocedure niet-opeisbaar te verklaren. Aan de kwijtschelding worden namelijk diverse voorwaarden gesteld. Het Hof van Justitie EU overweegt daarbij dat de procedure voor kwijtschelding van schulden er toe strekt
VAT deduction on the services linked to the sale of shares: positive arrest of the Court of Appeal (PwC)
The sale of shares is exempt from VAT and therefore the VAT authorities generally reject the VAT deduction on the costs linked to such sale. This position was moderated by the CJEU (Skatteverket c/ AB SKF Case, C-29/08), who confirmed that there is a right to deduct input VAT on
The CJEU decides: it is lawful to exclude Turkish Agents from the Belgian Agency Act’s scope (Altius)
In the context of a dispute between a Turkish agent and a Belgian principal, the Commercial Court of Ghent (Belgium) referred a request to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) concerning the legal protection of a Turkish agent under Belgian/EU law. The agent and principal had expressly agreed
Comparative advertising based on prices between shops of different formats and sizes may be unlawful (A&L Goodbody)
In Carrefour Hypermarchés SAS v ITM (Case C-562/15) the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that comparative advertising based on prices of products sold in shops having different formats and sizes is liable to be unlawful and misleading, unless consumers are informed clearly in the advertisement itself of
By a decision held on 25 January 2017 (C-375/15), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) clarified the question of information (in electronic format) that payment service providers (such as banks) convey to their customers to e-banking secured mailboxes as part of an online banking website.
CJEU re-affirms Usedsoft judgment, but finds that lawful computer program acquirers may not resell back-up copies of those programs (Stibbe)
On 12 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") rendered its judgment in the Ranks and Vasiļevičs case. This is an interesting judgment because it is the first decision after the UsedSoft case regarding the rule of exhaustion of the computer program copyright protection under the